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Brownfields, Infill Development and Economic Renewal

Located in east-central Illinois near the Indiana border, approximately 130 miles south of Chicago, the city of Danville began as an industrial center. Like many U.S. cities, economic changes at the global, national and local levels led to closures and significant declines in the city's… Read more

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Environmental Risk Management and Brownfields
Residential / Mixed Use

Environmental Risk Management and Brownfields

Brownfield redevelopment has surged again in recent years. And with as many as 425,000 brownfields throughout the U.S., there remains significant redevelopment opportunity. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) notes that there are five million acres of abandoned industrial sites in our nation,s cities. Brownfields remain in many instances a better development opportunity than greenfields (unused land), since the geographic location of most brownfields is a popular feature. Brownfields typically provide superior access to infrastructure and commerce. A successful risk management strat… Read more
Equity Crowdfunding Opens Doors
Urban Planning

Equity Crowdfunding Opens Doors

What if the members of a community, from all backgrounds and income brackets, could pool all of their money together to create the community they wanted? Redevelopment leaders in Fairmont, West Va. are looking for ways to answer that question, to find ways for interested stakeholders to invest in projects that will create the community they want to live in—and to make financial returns in the process. Crowdfunding, the method of funding a project by raising contributions from a large number of people, has evolved from funding charitable causes or innovative products into funding major redevelopment through real estate and business development. This type of fundrais… Read more
Historic Train Depot Transformation
Improvements

Historic Train Depot Transformation

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TDEC) Division of Underground Storage Tanks has been involved in the transformation of an historic Washington County property that previously served as a train depot in the 1800s and an auto center in the 1960s. Today, the Yee-Haw Brewing Co. Taproom and White Duck Taco Shop occupy the refurbished location. The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina "Tweetsie" Railroad Co. constructed the Tweetsie Railroad Depot in Johnson City in 1891 to transport passengers, iron ore and timber from the mountains of Northeast Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Read more
Perspective: Is Climate Changing for Brownfields and Redevelopment?
Financing

Perspective: Is Climate Changing for Brownfields and Redevelopment?

A Brownfield redevelopment project requires the following: land (impaired) a regulatory body, a regulated entity (developer) and people—people that live next to and near the project property, people that will live in, work at or visit the reinvented property when the project is complete. A successful Brownfield redevelopment project requires one additional ingredient: A productive relationship between these component parts. The pieces can't just exist isolated in space but must fit together well. As a consequence of a number of recent high-visibility California project/case upsets, the relationships required for successful Brownfield redevelopment projects are on potential… Read more

Risk Management

When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop
Risk Management

When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop

Access to capital and stricter lender underwriting standards are often cited as significant hurdles to buyers. Increasingly, environmental impairment liability insurance is being required by lenders as a condition of… Read more
Environmental Liability Insurance for Owners, Developers, Lenders and   Contractors
Risk Management

Environmental Liability Insurance for Owners, Developers, Lenders and Contractors

Redevelopment of a brownfield property, whether it be for a high-profile stadium or a small apartment complex, requires the coordination of efforts between property owners, developers, lenders, govern-mental regulators, contractors… Read more
Methods That Should Be On Your Radar
Risk Management

Methods That Should Be On Your Radar

Geophysical surveys can be the bedrock of today’s environmental projects, from locating abandoned underground storage tanks (USTs) and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill… Read more


Urban

Toledo's 'Economic Heart' Is Beating Once Again
Urban Planning

Toledo's 'Economic Heart' Is Beating Once Again

Toledo has always been an auto town, making car parts ranging from Champion Sparkplugs to Libby-Owens-Ford windshields. Toledo's most iconic auto manufacturing product was the US military Jeep, started by… Read more
City of Chicago Redevelopment Initiatives: Motor Row Study
Urban Planning

City of Chicago Redevelopment Initiatives: Motor Row Study

The city of Chicago has a distinguished urban planning and design history and employs an advanced planning and development department to implement the city’s planning and redevelopment objectives. Chicago has… Read more
Granite Crossing: Big Step In Small Community's Re-growth
Urban Planning

Granite Crossing: Big Step In Small Community's Re-growth

Lithonia, Georgia, is a small community of fewer than 2,000 residents in DeKalb County, 19 miles east of Atlanta. The area is known for its abundance of granite, including nearby… Read more


Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0
Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0

No longer can politicians talk about rediscovering their city’s neglected waterfront; half a century after cities such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore had their first waterfront redevelopment a trend is well… Read more
A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity
Waterfront Redevelopment

A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity

The transformed complex has brought millions of dollars in new business investments to the community’s struggling economy. I think what really made this mill redevelopment project was the city’s bold,… Read more

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